- Bob the Hermit drawn by Elmer Sprunger
We are sad to say long time neighbor and local legend Bob Bellmore has passed away at the age of 91. Bob was a true old timer who lived in his remote cabin without water or a car. Many of you might remember Bob who was known to show up at the Wednesday night Steak Fry for a left over steak and the chance to share his amazing knowledge of the history of the area.
Bob spent his time raising a few cattle and searching for a buried treasure on the Ranch Property (you might even know a few trails named after Bob). As the story goes according to Bob, way back when a bank was robbed in Ronan. When they caught up to the robbers they were in Woods Bay, at the south end of the Ranch, where they shot one of the robbers. The Robbers fled on horseback and when they found the rest, 4 miles away just east of Bigfork, at the north end of of the Ranch, the Robbers did not have their loot…
So the next time you are up riding up on the mountain, keep an eye out and you might just notice a few hand dug holes here and there. Whether or not Bob found the loot is a mystery, but his character and stories will be remembered by all.
Here is poem written about Bob.
‘The “Old Timer”
In some mysterious place up yonder,
perhaps an old rotting cabin,
perhaps a tent,
lives an old timer…
What type of life has brough this man
smoked skin and sour smells
What have those fiery eyes seen and known,
and who has kissed that grizzled face?
He’s a facination for his simple ways…
He tells of people and of the earth…
He knows of the deer,
and the harvest moon,
for he has memories of “Serinatin” his girl
…with old forgotten songs.
But in those eyes beyond the fire
I see the sunset;
the dimness is growing
as his memories are unwoven;
To me, he is real history so true
and when he is done sharing
he will pass on…
By Jenny Peck
Thanks to COCGFoundation for this great video. We hope you enjoy!
It was a surprising and memorable evening inside the historic Main Lodge for the fortunate August 1st – 8th weekly guests as they were serenaded by the Von Trapp Children during dinner. It was a great experience and made for a wonderful dinner for all. Thanks to the Children (the Great Grand Children of Maria and Captain Von Trapp from the Sound of Music) for providing a great night of entertainment for all those who made it. We hope we can make it happen again next year!
Check out the Children and the whole family on Oprah today!
September was a pretty memorable month here at Flathead Lake Lodge. We hosted the first annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Workshop and Festival, to great success.
The festivities took place August 29 – September 5, 2010. There were 48 workshop participants (with 10 receiving scholarships), over 1,000 people attended the public performances and approximately 100 people attended the free community workshops throughout the Flathead Valley. The event was rated a big success on all fronts from workshop participants to guest artists to faculty to concert attendees.
Nightly both workshop participants and the public were treated to amazing concerts featuring the workshops instructors, including Pat Metheny, Alex De Grassi, Scott Tennant, Matt Smith, Doug Smith, Adrew Leonard, Mark Dziuba, Jody Fisher and many more.
The amazing week was culminated by a spectacular public concert over looking Flathead Lake. Mother Nature behaved and graced us with a beautiful evening and sunset as the instructors and artists put on a show for all to remember. Check out these links for more information on this great event and why everyone is already talking about next year! http://www.cocguitarfoundation.org/index.php and http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_395b3142-b89f-11df-a83b-001cc4c002e0.html
Were happy to say that Bigfork resident, friend and FLL supporter Jack Hannah and his family are safe and sound after a exciting encounter with a Momma Grizzly and her two cubs. Have no fear, our hiking guides are outfitted with pepper spray…and really heavy hiking boots so there is no question of who is the slowest. Now that is customer service!
Check out the video shot here at Flathead Lake Lodge!
Even thought it wasn’t the 85 degree 4th of July of the last few years, the Lodge fire trucks still made sure the crowd was cooled off.
Have you been contemplating visiting Flathead Lake Lodge this summer? Well don’t worry, there are just a few openings left and still time. Give us a call (406.837.4391) or email, firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about these Last Minute Deals.
Summer is just kicking off and what better way to enjoy a long weekend than with the family in beautiful Montana!
This photo of Echo Lake and the Swan Mountains was taken by Laine Averil last week while flying around the valley with Austin Aviation. The Lodge is excited to offer this new Helicopter Tour activity to guests through out the summer. Austin Aviation is sure to offer guests a truly unique view of the Flathead Valley and the ‘Crown of the Continent’ ecosystem that includes Glacier National Park and the Great Bear, Scape Goat, and Bob Marshall Wildernesses.
Look for Austin at Monday morning ‘Sign Ups’ throughout the summer!